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A Bad Day for Mercy

A Bad Day for Mercy

Fourth Stella Hardesty Novel

"A celebration of eccentricity, grit and love."
   —Richmond Times-Dispatch

A call from Stella's little sister brings the news that Stella's step-nephew, Chip, has been threatened with serious bodily harm if he doesn't settle his unpaid gambling debts. So Stella makes the drive to Chip's home in Wisconsin, only to walk in on a wee-hours dismemberment. Chip and his girlfriend, Natalya, insist the man was left, already dead, on their porch. Suspicious but compelled to help family, Stella tracks down other suspects, including the deceased's business partner, a purveyor of black-market Botox, and a jilted violist. Matters are complicated by the unexpected arrival of BJ Broderson, who has picked the worst possible time to pursue his amorous intentions toward Stella. Meanwhile, thoughts of Sheriff "Goat" Jones make her blush and wonder where, and with whom, Stella will spend her fifty-first birthday.

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"Fans of quirky mysteries straddling the line between tough and funny need to grab a Littlefield pronto."

"Solid...Littlefield makes sure her feisty heroine has plenty to do."
   —Publishers Weekly (read the full review)

"Pitch-perfect prose and good balance between humor and dangerous goings-on...another winner." 4 stars
   —RT Book Reviews (read the full review)

"It would take a hardened reader to resist Stella's charm, wisdom, and the humor...A Bad Day for Mercy will add to Stella's reputation for ingenuity and heart."
   —Lesa Holstine (read the full review)

"Who wouldn't love Stella?...I am well and truly smitten!"
   —Susan Tunis

"A Bad Day for Mercy speeds along at a nonstop pace...fresh and original."
   —Jen Forbus, Shelf Awareness (read the full review)

"A celebration of eccentricity, grit and love...Littlefield's series takes the mystery genre in new and welcome directions."
   —Richmond Times-Dispatch (read the full review)

"A terrific addition to this incredibly original and entertaining series. For those who haven't yet discovered the wonder of Sophie Littlefield, it's high time to join the fun!"
   —Dark Faerie Tales (scroll down the page to read the full review)

Minotaur Books, Hardcover, June 2012, ISBN: 9780312648381
Audible, Inc., Unabridged Audiobook, June 2012, ASIN: B0089Y7A5C